Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Hi All! My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role. We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating Windows 8/Windows 8.1 for deployment, but are concerned… Read more

Improved Group Policy Preference Targeting by Computer Group Membership

Hello AskDS readers, it’s Mike again talking about Group Policy Preference targeting items. I posted an article in June entitled Targeting Group Policy Preferences by Container, not by Group. This post highlighted the common problems many people encounter when targeting preferences items based on a computer’s group membership, why the problem occurs, and some workarounds…. Read more

Target Group Policy Preferences by Container, not by Group

Hello again AskDS readers, Mike here again. This post reflects on Group Policy Preference targeting items, specifically targeting by security groups. Targeting preference items by security groups is a bad idea. There is a better way that most environments can accomplish the same result, at a fraction of the cost. Group Membership dependent The world… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Not Particularly Terrifying Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again. In today’s Mail Sack I discuss SP1, DFSR, GPP passwords, USMT, backups, AD disk configurations, and the importance of costumed pets. Boo. Win7/R2 SP1 RC in production USMT ramp up Daily DFSR health reports Recommendations for separating AD folders and files onto different disks GPP admin password maintenance DFSR read-only… Read more

Forcing Afterhours User Logoffs

Mike here and today I want to answer a common customer request—how to force users to logoff at the end of the day. The scenario requires a bit of an explanation, so let’s get started. Let’s recognize the value of forcing users to logoff at the end of their work day, rather than simply allowing… Read more

Friday Mail Sack – Mogwai Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. This week we hunt down some documentation gremlins and give them a well-deserved smack. Also, things will be a bit slow next week as I will be out in Redmond teaching this rotation of Microsoft Certified Masters. Never heard of it? If you’re at the IT career tipping point, this… Read more

Friday Mail Sack – Very Late Edition

Hi Folks, Ned again. It’s been crazy busy here – sorry for the delay. Hopefully you weren’t sitting around refreshing the page all day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. RSAT and legacy policies Automating GPP creation Determining NT 4 to AD domain upgrades Question We have a Windows Server 2003 domain and administrators… Read more

Windows XP Power Management and Group Policy Preferences

Hi everyone, Mike here again to discuss a common scenario that generates calls to Microsoft. The scenario covers managing power on Windows XP client computers using Group Policy Preferences. Let’s cover how Windows XP manages power before we cover Group Policy Preferences Power Management. Windows XP Power Management Windows XP only has one active power… Read more

Windows Event Log Service is Not Starting… and my domain is down!

Hi everybody, Scott Goad here to discuss an issue that I worked recently where the customer was unable to logon to the domain. The end result was a group policy preference setting, so enjoy the read. The issue occurred after a change was made to set a group policy preference item to change the clock… Read more

Group Policy Preferences Logging and Windows 7

Hi all, Mike here again. Back in July of 2007, I posted a blog explaining how to enable Group Policy Preferences debug logging using RSAT. As a refresher, Group Policy Preferences debug logging is enabled through Group Policy administrative templates. Many customers experienced a problem when trying to enable the logging using RSAT and Windows… Read more